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MED 7 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 517614
Funded under: FP6-INCO
Country: Spain

EU research support in the Mediterranean

Successive meetings with different stakeholders from Mediterranean countries have helped strengthen the region's research and development capabilities. This bodes well for the European Research Area (ERA) and the Mediterranean countries involved.
EU research support in the Mediterranean
Non-EU countries around the Mediterranean can benefit from European expertise and support for enhancing their research and development capabilities. The EU-funded project MED 7 sought to achieve this objective. It aimed to create targeted policies and mechanisms to further research and development particularly in the region that covers the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (MEDA).

In more specific terms, the project indentified priorities and approaches that promote economic development by policies from social, political, environmental and cultural perspectives. It then looked at the impacts and results of these policies, involving experts, scholars, industry representatives and policymakers from around the Mediterranean in the debate.Together, the stakeholders identified topics of common interest and outlined ways to improve European-Mediterranean cooperation, as well as to increase research and development. This was initiated by establishing scientific groups that would help secure fair participation for Mediterranean countries in EU projects, e.g. by creating conditions for necessary infrastructures and encouraging innovation.

As a result, the project has effectively encouraged competitiveness of Mediterranean economies. Already, thanks to the project's actions, the countries involved made headway in improving research infrastructure, strengthening their research potential on a global level and furthering their development capabilities. This will open up the ERA significantly and bring a host of benefits to both the EU and Mediterranean countries.

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